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IGN Black Ops II Multiplayer Reveal Breakdown

Just yesterday morning, Treyarch released the first details on Call of Duty: Black Ops II multiplayer with the premiere of the official multiplayer debut trailer.

Today, we bring you an IGN analysis of the Black Ops II multiplayer reveal trailer, a part of the IGN Rewind Theater series. The IGN team take apart the trailer, picking out key scenes and details, to find the hidden secrets that you may have missed the first time around.

“Anthony Gallegos and Mitch Dyer dig through each frame of the adversarial unveiling to discover the specifics of whats next for competitive Call of Duty.” – IGN

Behind the Scenes with Trent Reznor & David S. Goyer

Treyarch recently posted an all-new behind-the-scenes trailer showing off the work being put into the upcoming Activision blockbuster. Yesterday, the Twitter account had tweeted“Tomorrow, hear from the creators of #BlackOps2‬‘s story & theme song. RT if you’re fan of David Goyer (#TDKR‬) & @Trent_Reznor.”

David S. Goyer, known for his work in The Dark Knight, and Trent Reznor, who is composing the theme song, both take us ‘behind-the-scenes’ in the making of the game. Check it out!

The video description reads: To create a game like Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, Treyarch assembled some of the greatest talents in the world. David S. Goyer (co-writer of The Dark Knight Rises), Trent Reznor (Academy Award-winning composer of The Social Network), join Studio Head, Mark Lamia and the game’s Director, Dave Anthony, to discuss the relationship between movies, music and games, as well as the creative process behind Call of Duty: Black Ops 2.

Black Ops II: ‘Cordis Die’ YouTube Channel is LIVE

The just-released Black Ops II Villain Trailer reveals a YouTube channel by the name of Cordis Die and the same channel has gone live on YouTube. The channel features a video called “New World,” playing an eight second sound clip that says: “Come my friends…..It’s not to late to seek a newer world.”

Apparently, Cordis Die, meaning ‘of the day’ in Latin, is Raul Menendez’s organization, the group through which he has become a celebrity to the citizens and gained their trust.

Whether the voice is of the game’s villain, Raul Menendez, or of some other character is currently unknown. Who do you think it is and what is the clip hinting at? Tell us in the comments below!

New Call of Duty: Black Ops II Villain Trailer

Treyarch and Activision have released an all-new Call of Duty: Black Ops II trailer, featuring the game’s “compelling” antagonist, Raul Menendez. Yesterday, Treyarch had teased the coming of the trailer in a tweet: “Soon, you shall meet the man who stole the keys…”

The video’s description states, “Raul Menendez is idolized as the Messiah of the 99%, yet underneath the surface lurks an insidious mastermind hell bent on global insurrection. Created in collaboration with David S. Goyer (co-writer of The Dark Knight Rises) and Trent Reznor (Academy Award-winning composer of The Social Network), Treyarch and Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 have redefined storytelling in the franchise.”

Before E3, Treyarch’s game writer and director, Dave Anthony, explained that the team “wanted to create the most compelling villain that Call of Duty has ever seen.” He went on to say “you understand who he is as a human being. One minute you will understand where he’s coming from, and the next minute you will see him do something that you cannot support in a million years.”

 

Trent Reznor Composing Music for Black Ops II

Trent Reznor, Nine Inch Nails frontman, is composing the theme music for the upcoming blockbuster, Call of Duty: Black Ops II. Reznor has composed the game’s theme song, an “aggressively sounding” piece of guitar, bass and drums-based rock, reports USAToday.

Reznor is no stranger to the gaming industry having worked previously with id Software on Quake and Doom 3 titles. Treyarch director and writer, Dave Anthony explains that Activision and the team “were trying to think what is the kind of artist that could represent something a little bit dark, sometimes conflicted, bold original and engaging” and “Trent’s name stuck out. He was perfect for it.”

“I have always looked to that franchise as the cutting edge of what seemingly unlimited budgets and full-on not cutting any corners can do in the current day and age,” Reznor said in the interview with USA Today.

Jack Wall, Video Games Live co-producer and well known Mass Effect 2 composer, has composed the rest of the music for the game.

Nuketown 2025 Confirmed in Black Ops II

Activision updated the official Call of Duty website confirming an all-new multiplayer addition to the upcoming Treyarch shooter, a reimagined fan-favorite map from the original Black Ops.

Treyarch has announced Nuketown 2025 to appear in Call of Duty: Black Ops II for those who pre-order the game before its release on November 13th. They have posted an official FAQ online answering all your questions regarding the map.

GAME UK and other various retailers jumped the gun and began putting up posters in-store and images on their websites detailing the Nuketown 2025 pre-order bonus before this confirmation. GameStop is offering this bonus as the “Second Wave” of their pre-order offer.

To clarify a few things, this offer is not exclusive to any retailer. Nuketown 2025 will be available with all pre-orders including Steam pre-orders. The press release can be seen here.

The description reads: “Now reimagined in a 50′s depiction of the “Model Home of the Future”, Nuketown 2025 is set to take that familiar close-quarters chaos into the future.” If you haven’t pre-ordered yet, you might want to!

Behind the Scenes Preview of Black Ops II

Treyarch gives us a behind the scenes look at the development of the upcoming shooter, Call of Duty: Black Ops II in this all-new preview.

Treyarch head Mark Lamia and the Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 development team discuss their motivations heading into this exciting entry in the Call of Duty franchise. Learn about weapons & technology, the campaign, graphics, multi-player and the return of Black Ops zombies.

If you pay attention, the preview gives you a small glimpse of the new Zombies mode to feature in Call of Duty: Black Ops II. Take a look!

Strike Force Mission “Singapore” Gameplay

Spike TV debuted the first footage of Call of Duty: Black Ops II’s Strike Force missions, the newest addition to its campaign, on their E3 All Access show.

Strike Force missions put the objective in the player’s hands, as he decides how to combat enemies – using a squadron of soldiers or Quadrotor drones or piloting an aircraft, and the path to take, which ultimately shift the end result. The “Overwatch Mode” allows the player to get a bird eye-view of the battlefield, allowing the switch from soldier to soldier or drone.

Treyarch takes us to Singapore in their first demonstration of Strike Force operations. To see how these missions work, check out the gameplay below. You can also take a look at Machinima’s HD gameplay of the mission here.

Call of Duty: Black Ops II Live at E3 2012

E3 2012, this year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo, has begun today, June 4th – an event we’ve all been waiting for! Microsoft kicked off this years E3 and once again, Activision got a chance to show-off the years installment of Call of Duty – Treyarch’s Call of Duty: Black Ops II at the conference.

Treyarch revealed the first gameplay footage of the game, a campaign mission previously shown to press, called Protect P.O.T.U.S. The level takes us to downtown Los Angeles, on a mission to escort the President through a war-torn city to safety. A lot of new implementations and additions were seen, including the x-ray scoped sniper rifle previously mentioned in press previews.

Check out the in-depth report of the mission here and the LIVE gameplay presentation here.

The presentation also confirmed the extension of the three-year Microsoft-Activision partnership regarding earlier DLC releases to Xbox LIVE, prior to appearing on other consoles. The exact length and specifics of the agreement are unknown at the time, but we will update the site as soon as we know.

The Reaction to Call of Duty: Black Ops II

The near-future setting of Call of Duty: Black Ops II has seen a lot of concern from Call of Duty fans since the official reveal a few weeks ago. According to VentureBeat, the reveal trailer saw 20 million views, with a 2 to 1 ratio of ‘likes’ to ‘dislikes.’

VentureBeat’s Dean Takahashi caught up with Daniel Suarez, Activision’s VP of production, for an interview on the fan reactions of the changes coming to Call of Duty in its next installment.

Fans seemed to view the new setting “more like a sci-fi game than a modern combat shooter.” It’s not as crazy as it all seems, argues Suarez, “The main villain is not a robot,” Suarez said. “The main villain is not a drone. The main villain is a human.” Check it out!